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Thread: Mary Howley, AKC's Breeder of the Year 2013

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    A breeder story about Mary and her expertise. I was judging a DU field event with Mike Lardy doing the Open event and I was doing the Amateur both with co-judges. My bitch came in season at the same time and it was about the 10th day. I took her to Vern Weber's place to leave her to be bred with FC/AFC Abe. Vern said he couldn't get a tie. I asked Mike if they could take her at his place to try to get the tie with Abe. Dave Smith was working for Mike at the time, they tried and tried well past the twelve day. I thought after the 12th day it was difficult to get a breeding. Of course they made contact with the Guru Mary and she agreed to assist. It was the 17th day and they got the tie. I learned something then and Mary told me it was not uncommon to get ties that late. There were six pups in the litter, two became field Champions, one became a pointed AA dog made the Derby List and went on to title for his Master Hunter and his UKC HRCH. I got an award from AKC as the owner breeder of one of the FC/AFC's . Mary used her glitter dust, her expertise . Thank you Mary I don't even know if she is aware of that tiny assistance she did with her vast breeding background. I learned that day!
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    Mary Howley is an example of someone who has done it correctly, what a legacy.
    "The longer you let a dog go in the wrong direction the more they think they are going in the right direction" Don Remien.

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    I cannot think of anyone more deserving of such an honor than Mary. She has my respect and admiration for all she's done, and even more impressive is the way she is open to sharing her knowledge. She's friendly and open and willing to give advice to anyone smart enough to take it.
    Bravo, Mary...congrats!!
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    Who else could they give it to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjh345 View Post
    Who else could they give it to?
    That was my first thought. I never knew there was a "Breeder of the year" award. But if not Mary, WHO???? Can someone list some prior recipients? I don't know her, did meet her once. But you would have to live in a cave of non retriever people not to know of her success and experience.
    Carol,
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    It's an award that encompasses all breeds.
    Matt Rodriguez

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    Congrats Mary! It is long overdue, and as the thread shows She knows her business!!!

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    Congrats to a well deserving Lady!
    Sargent Taylor's Hevi-Shot (Sarge)

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    Well deserved award for a very knowledgeable breeder and a very nice person to boot.
    My Dad said to me ."Son, a man just needs three things to be happy....A good dog, a good gun and a good wife.....Thank God I have all three
    Sundown's Boss of Delta Marsh JH (Louie QAA X Delta MH)
    Traveling Through The Graded Timber JH (2012 NAFC Trav X Timber MH QAA)

    Sundown's Ruff And Tuff (Boss JH X Lil Bit) best pup I have ever raised
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    Congratulations! Well deserved and long over due!

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